Matt Damon says he only recently removed a homophobic slur from his vocabulary.
The actor sat down for an interview with Sunday Times to promote his new film, Still water. During the conversation, he revealed that one of his daughters had recently convinced him not to utter homophobic slurs. (Damon and his wife Luciana share four daughters, and it is not known which girl demanded that he not use the word harmful.)
âThe word my daughter calls ‘f-slur for a homosexual’ was commonly used when I was a child, with a different application,â he told the outlet. âI made a joke months ago and got a treaty from my daughter. She left the table. I said, ‘Come on, this is a joke! i say it in the movie Glued to you! ‘ She went to her room and wrote a very long and beautiful treatise on the dangerousness of this word. I said, ‘I’m taking the f-slur off!’ Understood.”
While it is questionable why the actor was still using such a harmful insult in 2021, Damon says he now understands the changing landscape of the media and the world and tries to choose his words more carefully.
âTwenty years ago, the best way I can say is that the reporter listened to the music more than the lyrics. [of an interview]”, he continued.” Now your lyrics are analyzed, to take them out of context and get the best possible title. Everyone needs clicks. “
âBefore, it didn’t really matter what I said because it didn’t make the headlines,â Damon added. “But maybe this change is a good thing. So I closed the f — up more.”
Damon’s new movie, Still water, which is said to be based on Amanda Knox’s story, received a big response from audiences, including Knox herself.
Knox claims the film exploits his life and trauma. In a personal blog post, she wrote that she is still associated with a crime that she says she did not commit.